[UPDATE] Sheen denies 'winning' ring bid

May, 25, 2012
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Charlie Sheen may have been the winning bidder for Lawrence Taylor's Super Bowl ring -- emphasis on the may.

Sheen was the buyer, as far as Taylor's representative, Mark Lepselter, understood, but he hadn't gotten solid confirmation as of Thursday.

But the actor -- famous for his manic catchphrase "Winning!" as for his roles in "Two and a Half Men" and "Platoon" -- is now saying otherwise. “As much as I would be honored to own such an important artifact," Sheen told TMZ on Friday, "I had nothing to do with the acquisition."

When Taylor was informed of the potential identity of the winning bid, "Lawrence was intrigued," Lepselter said.

Taylor's Super Bowl XXV ring was put up for auction through SCP Auctions, and sold for $230,401. Lepselter said Taylor gave the ring to his son T.J. and was fine with his decision to sell it.

Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora offered to buy the ring and return it to Taylor if he could get 500,000 followers, but Umenyiora fell well short of the goal.

Until the winning bid becomes official, the best way to put it may be: Stay tuned!
Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.

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